SCORES of families in Ngundu, Masvingo, were on Sunday given an early Christmas treat at Chivi Rural District Council chairperson Killer Zivhu’s homestead as top musicians performed during his grandmother Maria’s 94th birthday celebrations.
Despite the continuous rains on the day, music fans could not be deterred from attending the event that featured dendera musician Sulumani Chimbetu, gospel artiste Mathias Mhere and sungura singer Jacob Moyana.
The trio put up dazzling, unforgettable performances and managed to leave fans clamouring for more.
Sulu was the first to perform belting hit after hit with some fans joining him on stage aping the dendera dances.
Mhere, who performed after Sulu, had a fair show so had Moyana of the Munotidako fame who performed as the closing acts.
Comedian Vharazipi also graced the event.
After their performances, there was pushing and shoving as people jostled for Kodak moments with the musicians.
Maria said she was happy to be joined by Sulu and Mhere, among other people,e to celebrate her birthday.
“I am happy to be 94 and would like to thank God for looking after me all these years. I was surprised to see how many hundreds of people were standing in the rain as they joined me in celebration,” Maria said.
Her daughter, Lizzy Tauyanago, who is Killer’s mother, said she was happy that her mother was still with them witnessing the success of her fruits.
“Having such a long life is because of the grace of the Almighty. Mwari vanoda kutendwa nekuda kwechipo chehupenyu chakadai. Mwari vanoti zvinofadza sei kana hama neshamwari dzichigara pa mwechete nerugare zvinofananidzwa nemafuta anoerera pandebvu dzaAaron.”
Speaking to NewsDay on the side-lines of the event, Zivhu said he decided to host a party with a difference as a way of honouring his grandmother to be what he is today.
“I am what I am today, because of gogo Maria. She is the one who taught me life and today I am happy to be implementing what she taught me,” Zivhu said.
In Masvingo, Zivhu has been involved in a number of community-based projects that have seen several people within the drought-stricken province benefitting.